bfpd36 - I cannot agree with you more. We have about 500 breathing apparatus sets that have to be inspected monthly together with almost 1200 fire extinguishers that needs to be inspected every three months. This together with the inspection of fixed installations and the monthly plant fire prevention inspection makes for quite a large amount of time spend on inspections.
As you said, not all industries can be compared with one another. We for instance get all the equipment we ask for and more. On the other hand, a friend of mine is working as a firefighter for a company that manufactures fertilizers and pesticides and they really has a hard time getting any new equipment.
In conclusion I think you put it together nicely when you say that before joining an industrial fire service you need to do your home work.